David Hoekema


PhD, Princeton University, 1981
BA, Philosophy, Calvin College, 1972

Academic interests

  • Political Philosophy
  • Aesthetics
  • African Philosophy
  • History of Philosophy

Prof. Hoekema often directs Calvin's semester in Ghana off-campus study program.


Recent Scholarship

“Spiritual Realities Made Audible and Visible: An Appreciation of the Music of Benjamin Britten,” Christian Scholar’s Review 54:3 (Spring 2015), pp. 237-252. 

“Is Colonialism Evil?” Forthcoming in The History of Evil, vol IV: the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, ed. Douglas Hedley; series editors Charles Taliaferro and Chad Meister (Acumen Press) 

“African Politics and Moral Vision,” Soundings 96:2 (Spring 2013), 121-144.

"Faith and Freedom in Post-Colonial African Politics," in Jesus and Ubuntu: Exploring the Social Impact of Christianity in Africa, ed. Mwenda Ntarangwi (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2011), 26-45.

"Is There an Ethicist in the House? How Can We Tell?" in Peter Euben and Elizabeth Kiss, ed., Debating Moral Education (Duke University Press, 2010), 249-267.

"African Personhood: Morality and identity in the 'Bush of Ghosts.'" Soundings 91:3-4 (Fall/Winter 2008).

"There Are No Just Wars: David Rodin and Oliver O'Donnovan's Divergent Critiques of a Tradition," Ars Disputandi vol 8 (2008).

"Civil Society, Religion and Political Liberalism: A Comparison of the United States, Russia, and Ghana,” in Peter Blokhuis, ed., Civil Society East and West (Dordt College Press, 2006).

"African Politics and Moral Vision," invited lecture at University of Nairobi, Philosophy Department lecture series, April 28, 2010.

"Issues of Morality and Identity in Amos Tutuola's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts," invited lecture for Michigan State University philosophy speaker series, Apri 2008.


In Process: Finding the Hidden Path: Contexts of Conflict and Possibilities for Peace – a reassessment of just war theory and pacifism with reference to recent events in the Mideast and South Africa.

In Process: Growing Up in College: A User’s Guide – an exploration of issues of moral and spiritual development in college addressed to students, parents, and instructors, currently under review by publishers.

Christianity and Culture in the Crossfire, (William B. Eerdmans, 1997). Co-edited with Bobby Fong.

Campus Life and Moral Community: In Place of In Loco Parentis (Rowman and Littlefield, 1994).

Handbook for Administrators of Learned Societies (published privately by American Council of Learned Societies, New York, 1990).

Rights and Wrongs: Coercion, Punishment, and the State(Susquehanna University Press, 1986).

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